Written by Bob Rakow
Worth, Oak Lawn and Evergreen ParkThere will be literal Fourth of July fireworks at three of the six communities Thursday and Friday. Photo by Jeff Vorva. will be the places to be this weekend for Fourth of July fireworks shows and celebrations.
Two of the other communities – Palos Hills and Chicago Ridge – will set off fireworks later in the summer during community celebrations.
Hickory Hills will not have fireworks at all this year. Mayor Mike Howley said he’s lived in town for 46 years and can’t remember a time the city ever set them off.
“I usually watch the fireworks in Evergreen Park and a few years ago, I reached out to the company that that provides their fireworks and asked them to swing by Hickory Hills,” Howley said. “They re-confirmed to me that the reason we don’t have fireworks here – we just don’t have enough adequate open space for us to do it. There is a danger of houses or businesses being too close. I thought we could do it somewhere, but they said there wasn’t enough space.’’
Evergreen Park will celebrate the Fourth of July tonight, Thursday. The village has celebrated the holiday on July 3 since 1968. The sirens blaring from fire engines from throughout the southwest suburbs will signal the start of Evergreen Park’s parade.
The parade steps at 6:30 p.m. from 95th Street and Pulaski Road and proceeds east to Francisco Avenue. The fireworks follow at dusk at Duffy Park, 9101 S. Ridgeway Ave.
Worth will host a community picnic starting at 5 p.m. tonight, Thursday. There will be a community photo at 7 p.m. at the Terrace Center Pavillion at 7500 W. 115th St. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Oak Lawn will celebrate Independence Day throughout the day Friday, beginning with a parade at 10 a.m. The parade will begin on the north side of 95th Street and 51st Avenue and proceed west to 55th Court.
The Oak Lawn Park District’s annual Star Spangled Fourth of July Celebration will be held following the parade at Centennial Park, 94th Street and Nashville Avenue.
The day will begin with a variety of family activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including a talent show, treasure hunt, watermelon eating contest, obstacle course, kid’s tattoos, carnivals games, pony rides, inflatables, bingo, crafts, magician, balloon animals and concessions.
A fee of $5 per child (ages 3 and up) will allow for participation in all daytime activities. Adults are free. Admission to all park district pools is only $2.
The fireworks show will be held at the Richards High School football field, 106th Street and Central Avenue. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. Musician Dave Rudolf will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. followed by the fireworks display.
The chance to see skyrockets, Roman candles and grand finales won’t end on Independence Day weekend.
Palos Hills’ pyrotechnics display will be held on the final day of Friendship Fest, the village’s annual community celebration. The fest will run from July 10-13 at 107th Street and 88th Avenue.
Fest hours are 6-10:30 p.m. July 10, 6 p.m.-midnight July 11, noon-midnight July 12 and 1-10:30 p.m. July 13. For more information, visit www.palosfriendfest.homestead.com.
Two weeks later, a fireworks show will put an exclamation point on the Ridge Fest celebration, Chicago Ridge’s annual fest. The fest will be held July 24-27 at Freedom Park, Birmingham and Oak avenues.
Fest hours are 5:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 3-11:30 p.m. Saturday and 2-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 on Thursday and Sunday, $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday. Residents with an ID will be admitted free on Sunday. For information, visit www.chicagoridge.org.
Worth will also host a fireworks show on the last day of Worth Days, which will be held Aug. 21-24 at 11500 S Beloit Ave. This year’s festival will celebrate the village’s 100th anniversary.
Worth Days kicks off with the opening of the carnival from 6-10 p.m. on Aug. 21. The fest continues from 6 p.m.-midnight Aug. 22, noon-midnight Aug. 23 and 1-10:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
Worth Days also will include a parade, live entertainment, car show, business expo and children’s activities. For information, visit www.worthparkdistrict.org.